One of my favourite things about this movement has been meeting people I wouldn't have met before, and Michelle is definitely one of those people. I haven't met Michelle in person but in an unapologetically millennial way I've met her online and she is a bloody babe - a total ray of sunshine and the enthusiast movement poster girl. She's a TV producer by day and aerial fitness instructor by night, truly living her best life every damn day. She also shares my love of Sarah Powell, who's a fellow enthusiast and fellow babe (what a strong club we've got going on here, hey?!), Danny Jones, our fave McFLY member, and funky trousers, with a strong selection I love + live to see on the 'gram. Meet Michelle, who is sunshine personified, here:
What are you enthusiastic about?
I’m a television producer at 4 Music and enthusiastic about collaborating with my fantastic colleagues, who inspire me every day, to produce beautiful content that informs, entertains and inspires #TeamworkMakesTheDreamWork
I’m enthusiastic about fitness including running and yoga; I’ve been training in Aerial for three years and teaching for two.
I’m enthusiastic about food and love to cook.
I love bright colours and clothing. Life is too short for boring shoes.
I love getting lost in a good book or film, and dream of writing my own one day.
Why do you keep doing what you're doing?
In Television I love the sense of pride and achievement that come from finishing a project and seeing it broadcast!
In Aerial, I like to look back on how far I’ve come in my own journey, unlocking new moves and combinations as my ability, strength and flexibility improve. It’s an opportunity to leave your troubles at the door and escape for an hour or two in play.
When I teach aerial, I love to see the effort my students put in, how they progress from week to week and the joy on their faces when they conquer a new move on the trapeze or aerial silks!
What's the impact you want to make?
With Aerial, I’m very much still a work in progress. I want to improve my own fitness and ability and hopefully one day perform! *monkey with hands over face emoji* I’ve always struggled with spells of anxiety and depression and hope to inspire others that exercise is a celebration of what your body is capable of, not punishment for what you ate; and post exercise endorphins really are the best pick me up!
Work wise, television production has always been a fantastic day job and I one day hope to move towards writing and creating my own stuff.
Best advice you've ever been given?
An executive producer I worked with when I was a runner told me to always work hard, flag any potential problems asap, and treat everyone the same, be they celebrity or cleaner.
My dad, William, would always encourage me to get ahead and complete tasks early to enjoy the rest of the day in peace; though I’m still a serial procrastinator most of the time. In the same vein, he will mock a last minute panic by reciting ‘Your lack of organisation is no need for me to get my knickers in a twist!’
The advice I'd like to give:
Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.
Smile. It irritates those who wish to destroy you.
My enthusiastic motto:
When you can’t find the sunshine, be the sunshine. Remembering this one has snapped me out of a dark and stormy headspace on numerous occasions, and enabled me to shine.
Who's your Enthusiastic hero?
Sarah Powell is my Enthusiastic Hero. I’m lucky enough to write scripts for Sarah’s voice overs once in a blue moon. I’m always in awe of this gorgeous brightly clad entity bounding into the office and filling it with sunshine and cheer. She’s always so wonderful, it’s impossible for that positivity not to rub off. She also always has a new venture on the horizon which inspires me to habitually re-evaluate what I want in life and to go for it. Both Jules and Sarah the Podcast and Wobble are filled with confidence boosting banter and I urge you to check them out if you haven’t already. Sarah’s ability to find joy in a simple cup of tea or wedge of Port Salut is marvellous, and her attitude of stepping into the unknown and assuming it will be brilliant is infectious. My life is truly better off since meeting her. Thanks, babe!
If money were no object, what would you be doing?
I would be living in a fabulous country cottage surrounded by nature instead of my London shoebox and I’d be able to afford to marry my handsome man, Tom. I’d be writing my own stuff, encircled by family, Maine Coon kittens and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies. I’d be cooking with the very best ingredients and dining at fantastic restaurants. I’d still be practicing yoga and aerial for a daily stretch and sweat, and holidaying much more than I currently do, travelling far and wide to explore our wonderful world and meeting the enthusiastic people in it!